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See Wright Differently

Wright, one of the first suburbs to bring high-density living to Molonglo Valley. Photo: Region Media.

Wright was one of the first suburbs to bring high-density living to the Molonglo Valley, a large-scale development project that will eventually connect Weston Creek to Belconnen.

Thinking about visiting or moving to Wright? Here’s what you need to know.

Background and history

Wright was the first suburb to be built in the Molongo Valley, with a total of 13 suburbs planned for development in the area. Established in 2010, it is one of Canberra’s newest suburbs. Wright has been popular with first home buyers and young families.

Wright is named after Judith Wright, who’s a poet, environmentalist and Aboriginal land rights advocate. In a similar vein, the streets of Wright are named after environmentalists and poets.

Wright is bordered by Denman Prospect, Coombs, Duffy and Holder in Weston Creek.

Shops

There are no local shops in Wright, but Denman Village is only a five-minute drive up the road. Denman Village has nine speciality stores including an IGA, Local Liquor, Capital Chemist and Club Lime.

A five0minute drive in the opposite direction will take you to Cooleman Court Shopping Centre, which has a Woolworths, Aldi, Target Country, chemist and various other speciality stores and eateries.

Places of interest and things to do

The Molonglo Valley is a thriving family area, with a focus on enjoying the stunning natural surrounds.

  • Explore the Molonglo River. The Molonglo River runs past the east of Wright. It’s a great place to explore and it’s right on your doorstep.
  • Cycle at Stromlo Forest Park. Stromlo Forest Mark is a world class sporting facility with mountain bike trails, running tracks, equestrian trails and more.
  • Head down to the Cotter Reserve for a picnic. Wright residents can reach the Cotter Reserve in less than 15 minutes – one of Canberra’s best places to enjoy a BBQ, a picnic and a swim in the river.
See Wright Differently

You can also find Argus Park is in Wright. Photo: Region Media.

Schools

There are no schools in Wright, although there are several nearby options.

Quick facts

  • Median age: 30 years
  • Median weekly household income: $2323
  • Median weekly rent: $400
  • Houses vs. apartments: 34.3% houses; 49.6% apartments and 16.1% townhouses
  • Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $1.44 million in 2017.

Source: 2016 Census.

See Wright Differently

Wright is only 15 minutes from the Cotter Reserve. Photo: Region Media.

Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Wright? What are your favourite things about the suburb? What advice would you give to people considering moving there? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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MERC600 MERC600 1:06 pm 14 Apr 15

rubaiyat said :

justsomeaussie said :

When does the review of Googong happen. I can’t believe the prices in Wright and Gungahlan. We saved about $80,000 minimum on our book at Googon compared to similar in the ACT. People need to realise it’s only 10 minutes from Jerrabomerra with two new bypasses going in.

We got an even better deal on our MacMansion in Dalgety!

Our local member says he has a real good chance of having Myack Street upgraded to 4 lanes of divided freeway to cut the trip to Berridale to under 15 mins.

He says this is exactly the kind of infrastructure that Australia should be building for battlers like me who need the long commute to listen to the full series of Open University geosciences lectures from Alan Jones, on the way to work.

What a humerous piece. Possibly framed up whilst driving on some of the best roads the Nation ever built, whilst across the border too many country roads are those built over what was a bullock dray track.

rubaiyat rubaiyat 10:51 pm 13 Apr 15

justsomeaussie said :

When does the review of Googong happen. I can’t believe the prices in Wright and Gungahlan. We saved about $80,000 minimum on our book at Googon compared to similar in the ACT. People need to realise it’s only 10 minutes from Jerrabomerra with two new bypasses going in.

We got an even better deal on our MacMansion in Dalgety!

Our local member says he has a real good chance of having Myack Street upgraded to 4 lanes of divided freeway to cut the trip to Berridale to under 15 mins.

He says this is exactly the kind of infrastructure that Australia should be building for battlers like me who need the long commute to listen to the full series of Open University geosciences lectures from Alan Jones, on the way to work.

justsomeaussie justsomeaussie 7:45 pm 13 Apr 15

When does the review of Googong happen. I can’t believe the prices in Wright and Gungahlan. We saved about $80,000 minimum on our book at Googon compared to similar in the ACT. People need to realise it’s only 10 minutes from Jerrabomerra with two new bypasses going in.

MERC600 MERC600 6:25 pm 13 Apr 15

It will be interesting when all these souls wish to go to work in Civic, and go down that ramp leading onto the Parkway. It causes a bit of a backup even now.

MERC600 MERC600 6:22 pm 13 Apr 15

dungfungus said :

John Moulis said :

“Streets are named after: Environment, poets and butterflies”

So where does Steve Irwin Ave fit in?

Steve Irwin was “recycled” so that makes him part of the environment.

Ha ,,, touche Sir

watto23 watto23 1:24 pm 13 Apr 15

vintage123 said :

“The first is that it is possible to build a new, reasonably affordable home ” really, some friends of mine looked into building in wright and couldn’t find anything under $950k. I am not sure $950k is considered affordable.
http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/18-serventy-street-wright-canberra/1316923197511

If there are people out there willing to pay $995k+ for this then they have a problem. The photos show old styled furniture and a modern house just don’t work either!

watto23 watto23 1:21 pm 13 Apr 15

Its a shame, because I watch Grand Designs (both UK and Australian versions) and they seem to get a lot more bang for buck than what we get in Canberra. I was hoping the mass PS sackings would burst the bubble, but it appears not.

I definitely think I will retire some place other than Canberra that’s for sure…. assuming I can actually afford to retire, or even reach whatever the retirement age will be.

rubaiyat rubaiyat 2:50 pm 12 Apr 15

John Moulis said :

“Streets are named after: Environment, poets and butterflies”

So where does Steve Irwin Ave fit in?

Steve Irwin, when he wasn’t annoying wildlife for the amusement of couch surfers was an avid and active Environmentalist. He is also dead. Gone are the days, hopefully, when some sleazy Sir Les Patterson can lean on his political mates to immortalise himself as road signage.

dungfungus dungfungus 4:52 pm 11 Apr 15

John Moulis said :

“Streets are named after: Environment, poets and butterflies”

So where does Steve Irwin Ave fit in?

Steve Irwin was “recycled” so that makes him part of the environment.

John Moulis John Moulis 3:24 pm 11 Apr 15

“Streets are named after: Environment, poets and butterflies”

So where does Steve Irwin Ave fit in?

khaleesi khaleesi 8:37 pm 10 Apr 15

vintage123 said :

G’day chewy, I agree, I think this one sums up how we both feel, McMansions, small blocks, close living and waaaaayyyyyy overpriced.
http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/8-tishler-street-wright-canberra/1316850689011

Bloody hell that is not cheap for what it is! Am astonished

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 7:09 pm 10 Apr 15

chewy14 said :

I don’t know about not trying to jam as many monstrous houses onto tiny blocks as possible. The average block size is only 500 odd square metres and most of the houses tend towards the McMansion.

Good place to live if you enjoy looking out of your bedroom window at your fence and/or neigbours house. It should encourage some very close knit community living.

Some of the houses have, or will have, very pleasant views out to the front. But sides and back look straight at fences and those bedrooms in the display homes with thin high windows for privacy I reckon feel like prisons. That’s going too far with ‘affordable easy care’ blocks when you can’t have normal windows in a bedroom.

vintage123 said :

I just spent some time looking at the wright offerings for sale and I think something very dodgy is going on out there. Most of the prices are for the house only not the land. How can someone who qualifies for the land rent scheme afford to pay $890k for the house only, not inclusive of land.
http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/5-tishler-street-wright-canberra/1316903497611
This link is a prime example, it’s the price for the house only….WOW am I missing something here, so someone on land rent approval for affordable housing is meant to buy this – smells like a rat to me.

I’ve been wondering about some of those land rent ads myself (I think I’ve seen ones in Gungahlin too). Surprisingly luxurious.

rubaiyat rubaiyat 7:04 pm 10 Apr 15

Amy Birchall said :

chewy14 said :

I don’t know about not trying to jam as many monstrous houses onto tiny blocks as possible. The average block size is only 500 odd square metres and most of the houses tend towards the McMansion.

The building restrictions in Wright are tighter than in other suburbs, which I assume is in part to minimise the McMansion effect.

4 and 5 bedroom houses on 550 sq m blocks sounds like McMansion to me!

rubaiyat rubaiyat 6:47 pm 10 Apr 15

Just had a look at the Land Rent Scheme.

Wow, looks like Hire Purchase for land!

You build a totally non-portable asset, your building, on something that you do not have long term title over. As you keep paying, you don’t lose your building.

I can’t see any real savings for the purchaser, just the strong likelihood that they will pretend this is freehold, just as everyone has pretended that leasehold is freehold.

The government, developers and financers of this scheme are using the complexity and drip charges to basically overcharge the purchasers, as far as I can see. A lot of people are going to make a lot of money out of the optimistic suggestable punters out there, which will be why this will be the “Next Great Thing”.

Rush in, don’t miss out!

rubaiyat rubaiyat 6:12 pm 10 Apr 15

More eyewash about a “green” suburb, just like as they did with Gungahlin. More land going under mediocre suburban subdivisions.

The usual oversized houses on tiny blocks, poorly oriented and with lousy, next to non-existent, public transport.

They also are ignoring that it is in the path of another bushfire disaster, as they grow more firewood above it in the Arboretum where it all burnt down not so long ago..

There is no transport easement, just roads and the infrequent buses take a quarter hour to get you to that garden of delights, the Woden Bus Interchange, where you get to wait for another bus to take you to where you really want to go.

Net result people will drive. Surprise, surprise.

When are we ever going to see a comprehensive plan for transport in the ACT?

vintage123 vintage123 1:24 pm 10 Apr 15

I just spent some time looking at the wright offerings for sale and I think something very dodgy is going on out there. Most of the prices are for the house only not the land. How can someone who qualifies for the land rent scheme afford to pay $890k for the house only, not inclusive of land.
http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/5-tishler-street-wright-canberra/1316903497611
This link is a prime example, it’s the price for the house only….WOW am I missing something here, so someone on land rent approval for affordable housing is meant to buy this – smells like a rat to me.

vintage123 vintage123 1:15 pm 10 Apr 15

chewy14 said :

I don’t know about not trying to jam as many monstrous houses onto tiny blocks as possible. The average block size is only 500 odd square metres and most of the houses tend towards the McMansion.

Good place to live if you enjoy looking out of your bedroom window at your fence and/or neigbours house. It should encourage some very close knit community living.

G’day chewy, I agree, I think this one sums up how we both feel, McMansions, small blocks, close living and waaaaayyyyyy overpriced.
http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/8-tishler-street-wright-canberra/1316850689011

Amy Birchall Amy Birchall 12:56 pm 10 Apr 15

chewy14 said :

I don’t know about not trying to jam as many monstrous houses onto tiny blocks as possible. The average block size is only 500 odd square metres and most of the houses tend towards the McMansion.

The building restrictions in Wright are tighter than in other suburbs, which I assume is in part to minimise the McMansion effect.

chewy14 chewy14 12:10 pm 10 Apr 15

I don’t know about not trying to jam as many monstrous houses onto tiny blocks as possible. The average block size is only 500 odd square metres and most of the houses tend towards the McMansion.

Good place to live if you enjoy looking out of your bedroom window at your fence and/or neigbours house. It should encourage some very close knit community living.

Amy Birchall Amy Birchall 11:36 am 10 Apr 15

vintage123 said :

“The first is that it is possible to build a new, reasonably affordable home ” really, some friends of mine looked into building in wright and couldn’t find anything under $950k. I am not sure $950k is considered affordable.
http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/18-serventy-street-wright-canberra/1316923197511

The suburb was definitely more affordable before they changed the terms of the land rent scheme a little while ago. Some of the houses in the suburb are outrageously expensive, but I know families who’ve built lovely homes for much cheaper than $950k too.

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